Student orientation leaders carrying boxes to dormsWelcome to Elon!

We are excited you are joining us for Fall 2021! Whether you are coming to Elon as a first-year student or a transfer student, New Student Orientation (NSO) will ensure that your transition to Elon is smooth and enjoyable. We recognize that this will not be the same orientation as previous years, but know that we will prioritize health and safety in addition to finding ways to deliver on the New Student Orientation goals despite the changes. Our goals for New Student Orientation remain the same, that new students will:

  • Connect with peers in meaningful ways and share experiences to broaden their community.
  • Engage their intercultural awareness and learn Elon’s common language, perspective, and skills to bolster their understanding of self and how their identity contributes to the broader Elon community.
  • Discover Elon University’s traditions and campus culture.
  • Learn about and deepen their understanding of the University services and procedures that they will use throughout their years at Elon.
  • Intellectually engage with faculty, staff, administrators, and other students to strengthen their understanding of the academic expectations of the college experience, including the Core Curriculum, engaged learning, and academic advising.
  • Enhance their understanding of University requirements and resources designed to support them as they strive for academic success.

Move-in for new students will occur on Friday, August 20, with students being assigned a specific move-in time to help reduce congestion and support physical distancing in residence halls. Students will be able to check their unique move-in time on July 22 in their Acorn Account. As much as possible, students should limit the number of family members who help them move-in, preferably being assisted by only three or four others. All new students (both first-years and transfers) are expected to participate in New Student Orientation which directly follows move-in and is scheduled Friday, August 20-Monday, August 23. Classes begin on Tuesday, August 24.

When coming to campus, be sure to follow these driving directions.

Arriving on Campus

Students will be assigned a specific move-in time on Friday, August 20 for Move-in. Students, check your Acorn Account for your assigned date and time beginning July 22.

Please adhere to your assigned time. As much as possible, students should limit the number of family members who help them move-in, preferably being assisted by only three or four others. Additionally, to help reduce congestion, please only bring one-two vehicles with you. We encourage you to bring your own dolly or wagon to help assist you in the move.

On arrival to campus, all students and families must report first to our central check-in at the Schar Center. There, students will receive orientation materials and directions to their move-in location for their residence hall. Students will also be asked to show confirmation that they’ve uploaded their vaccination records to the Phoenix Health Portal by pulling up on their smart phone.

Out of an abundance of caution and with consideration of the number of community members traveling to campus at the start of the semester, all students, faculty, staff and visitors must wear masks in indoor campus spaces beginning Monday, August 16, (except when alone in a private office, in a residence hall/apartment room, or while eating or drinking).The indoor mask requirement for everyone on campus will run from the first day of Planning Week (Monday, August 16) through the first 10 days of the semester (through Sunday, August 29). After that date, those who have not submitted vaccination documentation must continue to comply with the mask policy (see below). Due to the large number of visitors from around the world during move-in weekend, all those attending New Student Convocation must wear a mask.

Please follow the driving directions to the Schar Center and then to your Residential Neighborhood.

First Year Students

We’re developing an orientation program for first-year students which will include numerous small and large group engagement opportunities held in person.

Orientation will begin in the afternoon on Friday, August 20 and go through Monday, August 23. It is expected that all new students fully participate in New Student Orientation. 

Checkout the New Student Orientation schedule now!

Transfer Students

We’re developing an orientation program for transfer students which will include numerous small and large group engagement opportunities held in person.

Orientation will begin in the afternoon on Friday, August 20 and go through Monday, August 23. It is expected that all new students fully participate in New Student Orientation. Transfer students will participate fully in the program and will be grouped with other transfer students. 

Checkout the New Student Orientation schedule now!

International Students

International students arrive on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, and begin an International Student Orientation program offered jointly through the Isabella Cannon Global Education Center and New Student Orientation. Because international students may have unique logistical needs, this extra time on campus will help make sure you are confident and ready to begin classes. The Global Education Center will be your primary resource for the days leading up to Orientation.

From Friday–Monday, international students will participate in New Student Orientation along with the rest of the new students. Throughout the experience, you will attend several sessions with your group and your Orientation Leader in which you will learn about how to be academically successful at Elon, how to get involved in student organizations, and how to immerse yourself in the Elon community. Each night during Orientation, Elon will host a social event for new students that will give you the opportunity to meet people from all across campus—not just in your NSO group or Residence Hall. Participating in NSO will lay the foundation for life at Elon!

Parents & Families

Our staff understands that a student coming to college is a transition for the whole family! We want to make sure the whole family feels welcomed as part of the Elon community. There are several events specifically for parents during New Student Orientation, including a session with Elon’s senior leaders, meeting with your student’s academic advisor, a coffee social for you to meet other Elon parents, and a Family Sendoff Picnic features our many North Carolina based Elon Dining partners (wristbands required for the picnic, $15, pre-order now).

The Office of Parent Engagement is another great resource for you to learn about being a part of the Elon community. We are still making plans for our in-person parent and family program for August 2021. As more details are shared about gathering limitations we will continue to tweak and finalize plans. Check back later this summer for more information!

We will also be hosting many Parent and Family Orientation sessions virtually leading up to move-in day on Friday, August 20. All information can be found on the Parent and Family Virtual Orientation Page (updated throughout the summer).

New Student Orientation Activities

We’re developing a New Student Orientation experience for all new students that will include small and large group engagement opportunities. Activities will occur post Move-in on Friday, August 20 and go through Monday, August 23. You will participate in a small group of 12-15 students and an Orientation Leader, an upperclass student who has been trained to give you all the information you will need to be successful at Elon. Whether you are new to college, or just new to Elon’s campus, Orientation Leaders will make sure you feel confident and competent as you begin your Elon experience.

You will also have the chance to meet with your academic advisor, the person who will work with you to help plan for coursework and experiential learning until you declare a major. Once you declare a major, you will be assigned a new academic advisor in that disciplinary area.

In addition to making sure you are prepared to begin class and engage in academics at Elon, Orientation will help you learn about campus life and cultural values at Elon. Elon’s values a strong, inclusive community in which students understand the importance of different identities respectfully engage with each other across those differences. A full schedule will be provided at check-in in August.

Check out the schedule for New Student Orientation!

Religious and Spiritual Life During Orientation

The Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life will be offering multiple faith-based programs throughout New Student Orientation. Students wishing to attend these programs and services are welcome to do so. If they conflict with the orientation schedule we ask that the student communicate with their Orientation Leader who will let them know how they can reconnect with their group after the service.

  • Drop by the Sklut Hillel Center: Friday, August 20 beginning at 10:00am for water, snack, a bathroom, and information about Jewish Life
  • Muslim Friday Prayers: Friday, August 20 at 1:30pm in the Numen Lumen Pavilion Prayer Room (210) – open to the entire campus community.
  • Catholic Campus Ministry Open House: Friday, August 20 from 5:30-6:15pm in the McBride Gathering Space in the Numen Lumen Pavilion.
  • Welcome Back Shabbat: Friday, August 20 from 5:30-6:30pm at the Sklut Hillel Center.
  • Catholic Mass
    • Saturday, August 21 at 4pm in the Numen Lumen Pavilion Sacred Space
    • Sunday, August 22 at 10am in the Numen Lumen Pavilion Sacred Space
    • Sunday, August 22 at 5pm at the Elon Community Church, 271 N. Williamson Ave.

New Student Convocation

Held on Saturday morning, New Student Convocation is an important Elon tradition in which new students and their families gather together to hear an official welcome to the University from the President, the Provost, and other senior administrators. New students also receive an acorn, a symbol of the ways in which they will grow during their time at Elon. Please arrive early and dress neatly for this special event. Photos from previous Convocation ceremonies can be seen on Elon’s Flickr site as well as social media!

Spanish translation services are available from the information tables.